Quilter’s EXCELLENT Chocolate Cake Recipe

12 11 2008

Today’s recipe is from one of my FAVORITE clients, Joannie Alderman, of San Antonio, Texas. Joanie is not only an awesome piecer (I have quilted two of her quilts and I am currently working on one for her that is a French Braid) but an excellent cook. Below is her UNBELIEVEABLE chocolate cake. Enjoy!

Hershey’s Prize Chocolate Cake

1/4   cup butter

1/4    cup shortening

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

3/4   teaspoon baking soda

3/4   teaspoon baking powder

3/4  cup Hershey’s Cocoa

1  3/4   cups  unsifted all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 3/4  cups milk


Generously grease and flour two  9-inch round cake pans.  Cream butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy; blend in eggs.

Combine baking soda, cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt in bowl; add alternately with milk to the batter.  Blend well.

Pour into prepared pans; bake at 350 degrees for 30- 35 minutes  or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans.

 Frost with your favorite frosting recipe.



Dangerous 5 Minute Chocolate Cake

14 09 2008

Okay, I realize that chocolate cake isn’t really a necessary tool to do professional embroidery or longarm quilting, but it does act as a creative agent so I think it is appropriate to pass along this recipe from a fellow quilter.



1 Coffee Mug

4 tablespoons flour (that’s plain flour, not self-rising)

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) some nuts


Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the

egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla,

and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3

minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but

don’t be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

(this can serve 2 if you want to share!)

Now, why is this the most dangerous chocolate cake? Because you are now only 5 minutes away from it any time day or night. Enjoy and have a great weekend!